September 2, 2011

India in England, 2011

The other side of Dravid's batsmanship

Nikita Bastian

Rahul Dravid, the other debutant for India in Wednesday's Twenty international, presumably played 21 balls without really caring about batting, says Kartikeya in A Cricketing View blog. This Dravid may have the same passport as the guy who made 146 not out at The Oval, but it was not the same batsman.

I rarely watch T20 games. The last game I watched carefully was the 2010 IPL Final. I watched because Sachin Tendulkar played that game. Having watched that game and now Dravid's batting in this game carefully, I can identify with the macabre fascination people have with watching bad horror movies. It was like watching an idle man trying to throw crumpled paper into a dustbin while sitting on a park bench. If he threw enough balls of crumpled paper, a few of them would eventually get in.

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